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Five TV Shows We'd Like To See As Movies
Arrested Development

What is it? The story of the Bluth family, a wealthy clan brought low by their father's tax avoidance schemes. When he is sent to prison, the eccentric group have to find new ways to make ends meet - which they do in increasingly outlandish ways, much to the consternation of the semi-sane Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) who's generally left to pick up the pieces.

Why would it work as a film? Well, the cast are all cinema favourites, and it could work in an indie comedy sort of way - think Little Miss Sunshine or Juno. The only danger would be Hollywood's temptation to amp things up from the perfectly calibrated TV experience, but we're sure that all involved would fight that tendency. And most of them have expressed an interest in making the movie, so it's up to everyone to convince (alleged) holdout Michael Cera that it makes sense and get this done.
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1 WHAT?!?!
Posted on Sunday April 4, 2010, 23:45 by spitball67
ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?! How is Entourage not on this list? If you've ever seen Entourage, you know that I don't even need to make an arguement about why it should be on the list. Read More

2 RE: RE:
Posted on Wednesday October 21, 2009, 19:08 by icelandicwolf
Macguvyer - end of thread  Read More

3 RE:
Posted on Monday October 5, 2009, 23:18 by cooperguy
I watched My So-Called Life based on this article and I have to say it is a brilliantly written and acted show. You cant help but identify with some of the characters. I would most definatly see it if it was made into a film but would probably have fairly low expectations since the original cast obviously cant be involved. Plus the torture of the cliffhanger that can never be answered would be a great reason for a movie! Read More

4
Posted on Tuesday September 29, 2009, 10:38 by nclowe
My vote goes to Supernatural - either finishing off the angels vs demons arc in epic apocolyptic style (aka big budget for ace fxs) or a stand alone monster-of-the-week story...but not in the lame ass was X-files2 attempted to be. Read More

5 RE: TV Shows That Should Be Movies
Posted on Wednesday September 23, 2009, 10:15 by Hymers2k9
i think the finale of lost completely would be good as a film? anyone agree? Read More

6 RE: dexter
Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2009, 11:35 by elmwood2309
Hell yes i'd pay to see that Read More

7 Arrested Development
Posted on Monday April 27, 2009, 12:38 by janiac83
Why does the potential arrested development film need Michael Cera when we can currently see him playing the same character in -oooh- every other film he's ever been in?! Including the forthcoming Scott Pilgrim film I am willing to wager. As likeable as the guy is the A.D film does not necessarily need him (though I also heard he's now on board anyways), compared to the other characters in the Bluth clan who are far funnier in my opinion. I'd watch a film that was based on Gob alone! Would also concur with the wise person who put forward Freaks and Geeks as a movie - loved that programme! Read More

8 MY SO CALLED LIFE
Posted on Friday April 24, 2009, 21:12 by colmshan1990
It has to be My So Called Life as it ended on a cliffhanger. I watched the whole series recently and I was hooked. By the way I'm an 18 year old guy. Read More

9 The Ace of Space
Posted on Sunday April 19, 2009, 19:43 by john o callaghan
i'd like to see buck rodgers get a revamp by the battlestar galactica team, that would be wicked or even Blakes Seven by danny boyle he did a great job on sunshine. Read More

10 dexter
Posted on Friday April 17, 2009, 23:44 by spiritblue
..oh yes...as long as all the same actors in the tv show re in the movie....i love this show.... Read More

11 RE: Jonathan Creek!
Posted on Friday April 17, 2009, 10:37 by philshepp
Danny Boyle's Jonathan Creek? Yes please! Read More

12
Posted on Friday April 17, 2009, 10:35 by philshepp
The Riches Read More

13
Posted on Friday April 17, 2009, 04:01 by deathbat6661
CHUCK! That'd be pretty epic on the big screen, 42 minutes is not long enough for some of these episodes. Read More

14 BLAKES SEVEN WAS REMADE........
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 22:10 by boredbluekoala
It was called FIREFLY/SERENITY. and it was far superior. FRIENDS should get a movie. Aside from that I can't really think of ANY tv show that could be brought to the big screen that has not already been done better. For instance Band of Brothers/Saving Private Ryan, The Sopranos/The Godfather. Alias/Mission Impossible......And even when good tv shows are made into movies, that is no guarantee of quality (anybody see Miami Vice?, and what about that last X-Files movie Sheesh!!!!) Read More

15 Do they have to be cancelled?
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 21:11 by The True Mooseman
Cos Heroes needs a massive kick up the ass and a movie might just make it interesting again. Of course, some or all of the following should die: Peter, Claire, HRG, Sylar, Nathan. That is all. Read More

16 Blake's 7 surely?
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 19:31 by napier007
A sci-fi western without the western (if that makes any sense!) - surely easy pickings for a big screen revival? (Although the Terry Nation estate are a bunch of buggers when it comes to rights - allegedly - don't want them coming for me too...) Read More

17
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 17:15 by blamecanada
LOST Read More

18 Life and Times of Tim
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 15:16 by Oriainarama
I'd love to see Life and Times of Tim made into a real feature length film, Michael Cera would be the obvious choice of Tim but maybe someone a litlle older would suit the role a bit better like Zach Braff. Read More

19 Man, I miss Deadwood
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 14:34 by lisamoorish
The fact we only got three series of that superb show is ABSOLUTELY CRIMINAL. David Milch rules!!! Read More

20 Jonathan Creek!
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 12:32 by woody1812
Come now, where's the Creek? By Danny Boyle? You know it makes sense. In terms of eye-celery (it certainly isn't candy, more savoury) I say bring back Quentin or another frumpy TV stalwart like either female in Gavin and Stacey. Don't worry about switching the JC role for uninitiated American audiences; in time they'll discover that Alan Davies has the raw sexual magnetism of a young Trevor McDonald. Read More

21
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 11:18 by rayhiggins
A Carnivale movie would be great, because that's one of the greatest cliffhangers around, and then they got cancelled. Read More

22
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 11:03 by Anduril666
A Lost movie is a terrible idea - as stated at the start, some things just work better in long form. Lost is full of past references to episodes from all past seasons, and personally I just don't think it would play well on the big screen. Luckily the writers agree - they said it'd take the piss to charge people money at the end of the series for them to find out what's going on. Oh, and by the way - No WAY should Spaced be turned into anything. Leave it as what it is: sheer perfection. Read More

23 Veronica Mars and Alias
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 10:20 by Seamie
Alias would make a great movie...and Veronica needs a proper ending! As for an Angel movie, why not a Buffy and Angel combo?! Drop Dollhouse Whedon, and get on this! Read More

24 Deadwood & Carnivale
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 10:13 by postgrape
Deadwood & Carnivale. One you mentioned, and one another poster here mentioned, both fantastic HBO shows cut down before their time. I would say that both, more so than The West Wing (which is great, but, especially in it's first few years, episodic) are 'long-form' shows. Movies of either would probably feel rushed, bogged down in unecessary exposition to bring newcomers up-to-speed and because of the accelerated pace, a little off-balance. However despite all of these negative points, *some* closure is better than none. Speaking of which, though never-gonna-happen, how about another Twin Peaks film that actually ties things up??? As much as I love Fire Walk With Me (so underrated), I think anyone who's seen the show still yearns for a little more... Read More

25
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 10:06 by Kefka of Clubs
Some of these are less remakes of the series (like State of Play) and more final "episodes" to tie up loose ends (like Serenity), aren't they? Which would be how Deadwood would work, and is actually probably a pretty good argument for a BSG film. I agree that it wouldn't work for the West Wing, though. And I'm not too sold on the idea of a Spaced movie either. Read More

26 RE:
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 09:52 by JonathanMardukas
How about a Lost movie so it'll only take me 2 hours to know what the fuck is going on! Read More

27
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 08:53 by Moviemad!
I don't think Angel would do well, I always thought Buffy was a bit too coincidental but then a spin off.... rubbish! But My Name Is Earl would be a good one. Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 08:16 by McQueen
This is complete piffle. "Some things only work in long form" - then you say you want a cinematic version of Deadwood, the most complicated and epic TV show that HBO has produced and you want to squeeze this down to a 2 hour or 3 hour treatment just to tidy up the end. How about another series? Usual lack of knowledge and research from Empire. Sometimes I get the feeling that you just bang out these articles just to make it look like you are all doing something. Read More

29
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 08:08 by McQueen
This is complete piffle. "Some things only work in long form" - then you say you want a cinematic version of Deadwood, the most complicated and epic TV show that HBO has produced and you want to squeeze this down to a 2 hour or 3 hour treatment just to tidy up the end. How about another series? Usual lack of knowledge and research from Empire. Sometimes I get the feeling that you just bang out these articles just to make it look like you are all doing something. Read More

30
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 08:03 by McQueen
This is complete piffle. "Some things only work in long form" - then you say you want a cinematic version of Deadwood, the most complicated and epic TV show that HBO has produced and you want to squeeze this down to a 2 hour or 3 hour treatment just to tidy up the end. How about another series? Usual lack of knowledge and research from Empire. Sometimes I get the feeling that you just bang out these articles just to make it look like you are all doing something. Read More

31
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 03:15 by evildave69
No fucking Spaced movie! It would suck big bollocks. Why ruin something which is perfect?! Read More

32 BURN NOTICE
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 00:09 by IncrediballisticDude
BURN NOTICE   The show is AWESOME- The premise is that a secret agent has been 'burned' (cut off from his agency) and is now stuck in Miami. On the path to finding out who 'burned' him, he busts arms dealers, drug dealers, people traffickers, and generally tears miami apart in EVERY episode. And it has Bruce Campell in it. Read More

33 Freaks and Geeks
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 23:21 by odddaze
My So Called Life is the best teen show ever, eh? What about the superior Apatow written cult favourite Freaks and Geeks, it's an awesome show that could make quite a nice film. Read More

34 carnivale
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 23:14 by bomber
would love to see a carnivale movie made.the end of the second series was just way too open to not see it finished.since the series is highly unlikely to be recommissioned a movie could work to ie up loose ends(it would have to have one almighty final battle between good and evil!) Read More

35
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 22:51 by matt114
dr_finklestein battlestar galactica wasn't a terrible movie turned into a ok show. It was a god awful series which had its episodes shoved together into terrible movies before being adapted 20 years later into an amazing show Read More

36 Angel
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 22:30 by Keldy
Cancelled just when it was actually picking up again and (in my opinion) at the end of the best season. A film would probably have to be a crossover with BTVS but still, would love to see it. Read More

37 How Old Is This?
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 21:48 by Ethanial
Alleged Hold Out Michael Cera? Howard has said the film is a go, and Cera has been said to be involved now. Read More

38 Slight change......
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 20:45 by dr_finklestein
Is it just me or would it not be more interesting to have films made into TV shows instead? I mean a great film could be improved by adding more back story and depth to each character in fact it could make some pretty terrible movies work much better. I mean look at Battlestar Galactica.Terrible movie, o.k show. Read More

39 Ahh My so called life...
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 20:41 by Sphinx
the gobshites cancelled that around the same time as this life - some poxy trend of it's so good let's cancel it!" recently the trend has reared it's ugly head with Shark WHY,WHY,WHY - IT WAS A GOOD SHOW!!!!! Read More

40 I agree with Elmwood2309 - THE TICK!!
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 19:51 by aka_sammym
The Tick was a classic show both live action and animated. Get the cast from the live action show back and there it is ... the first proper all out superhero comedy! Read More

41 SPACED
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 19:38 by jamiemulls
Sorry to repeat but the fact that this is missing from the list and is quite clearly way better than any of the aforementioned shows is quite simply sickening. Read More

42
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 19:30 by Bubbles De Vere
Torchwood! Seriously, guys. Read More

43 What about .......
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 19:26 by elmwood2309
THE TICK !!!! Read More

44
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 19:25 by Dave of the Jungle
I think a film of the USA version of the office would be good! Read More

45 Yeah but...
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 19:19 by darraghlucey
The same argument that is made for novels being filmed can be made for the tv shows on the list. It's because they are tv shows that allows them to develop their characters and stories and intensifies the emotional resonances that they have with the audience. A Dexter movie (which I would still go and see by the way) would not be able to get across to fresh eyes the many complexities in the story so far. And they would have to crowbar in a hell of a lot of expositionary stuff just to fill in the gaps. I'm sure it would be possible but why would you want it? Read More

46
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 18:50 by Kefka of Clubs
My So Called Life is not the only teen comedy to not be completely unrealistic! What about the Inbetweeners? Read More

47
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 18:42 by bdmrmapf
How about 'Alias'? Think of the wardrobes for Sidney!!! And this could help bring Garner back to the action genre. It would also be wonderful to see Victor back as Jack... it could happen!!! Read More

48
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 18:18 by faris93
Dexter has already been made into a film, it's called American Psycho. Read More

49
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 18:09 by Radical_Duck
A Spaced Movie would rock! But Empire...you're forgetting one... DOCTOR WHO! Read More

50 Second that
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 17:56 by moviemaniac-7
Spaced! A movie would be great, but we all know where it's going to end (a baby not named Luke) Read More

51 What! No Spaced Movie!
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 17:17 by chipotlechris
You know we all want one! Read More


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